'Mothers Milk Depot' in Lake County

Lake County has its first 'milk depot' for mothers milk. Today's Times reports Lavawn Souther, who's active with the Northwest Indiana Breastfeeding Coalition, took the necessary steps to have a freezer storage area set up at the Crown Point Obstetrics...

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GM Widens Ignition Switch Recall

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is urging owners to use only the ignition key with nothing else on the key ring and to get the problem fixed as General Motors is widening a massive recall that involves the ignition...

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Two Arrested in Dunes Inn Robbery

LaPorte County Sheriffs Police say a 31-year-old woman and 25-year-old man from Michigan City have been arrested in connection with a robbery Sunday at The Dunes Inn. Authorities say tips received by the Sheriffs Office and Michigan City Police enabled...

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Five Arrested After High-Speed Chase

Five suspects from Lake County, four men from Merrillville and one man from Gary, ranging in age from 19 to 22, were arrested after a high-speed chase in northeastern Porter County this week. Porter County Sheriffs Police say the vehicle...

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Catalytic Converter Thefts Continue

Over the past couple of weeks, Portage Police have taken several reports of catalytic converters being stolen. Police say they've learned of twelve being removed from vehicles since about February 12th, with two additional reports coming in most recently. Several...

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Pothole work in La Porte Wed. on Part of U.S. 35

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A parking restriction will be in effect for a time on Wednesday for a portion of Indiana Avenue/US-35 in La Porte for road maintenance. The Indiana Department of Transportation reports crews will be patching potholes on Indiana Avenue between Osborn...

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Potential Data Exposure at IU Campuses

School officials at Indiana University report that on Tuesday, they notified the Indiana Attorney General's office of the potential exposure of personal data for some students and recent graduates.

According to a press release, the data potentially at risk for disclosure include names, addresses and Social Security numbers for approximately 146,000 students and recent graduates across seven IU campuses who attended the university from 2011 to 2014.  

IU says it wants to point out that unlike recent high-profile data breaches, no servers or systems were compromised. The information was not downloaded by an unauthorized individual looking for specific sensitive data, but rather was accessed by three automated computer data mining applications. These applications are called webcrawlers and they are used to improve Web search capabilities.

Upon discovering the potential issue, the school says it immediately secured the data and found no evidence files have been viewed or used for inappropriate or illegal purposes. 
As a precaution though, the university will begin notifying all affected students of the possible data exposure this week. 
“IU takes the security of all its data, especially the personal information of its students, extremely seriously and apologizes for any concern this issue may cause among our students and their families,” said John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs. “The university also is committed to assisting those whose information was potentially exposed.”

In addition to notifying those affected by the potential exposure, IU is taking the following steps to minimize the potential impact of this incident: 

  • The university will set up a call center to handle questions from anyone whose information was potentially placed at risk as a result of this situation. That center will be operational no later than 8 a.m. EST on Friday, Feb. 28, at 866-254-1484.
  • A website with information on how to monitor one’s credit accounts and with answers to other questions regarding the potential data exposure has been established at
  • To assist with credit monitoring, IU will supply the Social Security numbers and names of those potentially affected to all three major credit-reporting agencies.

The university discovered late last week that the data had been stored in an insecure location for the past 11 months. The issue was discovered by a staff member of the university registrar’s office who accessed the files in question for internal use. The site was immediately locked down, and the information was moved to a secure location the following day. 

It was determined that a change in the security protections for the site that housed the information, made in March 2013, inadvertently allowed the site to be accessed without the necessary authentication. A subsequent review of access logs late last week determined that the data in question had been downloaded only by the three automated webcrawling programs. The files in question were safeguarded to mask the nature of the data contained in them.

“This is not a case of a targeted attempt to obtain data for illegal purposes, and we believe the chance of sensitive data falling into the wrong hands as a result of this situation is remote,” said James Kennedy, associate vice president for financial aid and university student services and systems. “At the same time, we have moved quickly to secure the data and are conducting a thorough investigation into our information handling process to ensure that this doesn’t happen again.”


Pence to Renew Call for Pre-K Pilot Prgm on Wed.

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Governor Mike Pence will once again, prompt the legislature to pass a voluntary, scholarship-based voucher Pre-K program for Indiana's low-income children.

According to a press release from the governor's office, Pence plans to offer brief remarks to the media in...

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State Champion Chesterton HS Debate Team Honored


In recognition of its state championship, the Chesterton High School Debate team was honored this week by Indiana House members in a resolution authored by State Representative Chuck Moseley (D-Portage).

The Chesterton team recaptured the state title at the Indiana...

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Crossroads Chamber in Need of Marriage Mill Couple

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Area brides planning a June wedding: the Crossroads Regional Chamber of Commerce is looking for you and your beau to tie the knot on June 20th in homage to a romantic period in Crown Point's rich history  Also, loving couples...

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